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Magdalena Ball

Magdalena Ball is a novelist, poet, reviewer, interviewer, vice president of Flying Island Books, and managing editor of Compulsive Reader. Her most recent book is, Bobish, a verse-memoir.

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Magdalena Ball is a novelist, poet, reviewer and interviewer, and is the Managing Editor of Compulsive Reader. She has been widely published in literary journals like Meanjin, Cordite, Red Room, and Westerly, in many anthologies, and is the author of several published books of poetry and fiction. Her work has won or been shortlisted for several prizes including the Newcastle Poetry Prize, the Melbourne Poet’s Union International Competition, and the Grieve Writing Competition. She is a longstanding member of the Hunter Writers Centre and has been an active participant as both moderator and performer in the Newcastle Writers Festival since it’s inaugural event in 2013, as well as other literary festivals including the Addi Road Writers Festival, the Hunter IF, the Digital Writers Festival and the Sydney Jewish Writers Festival, and well as interviewing over 150 authors for her podcast Compulsive Reader Talks. Her latest book is a verse memoir titled, Bobish, which was released by Puncher & Wattmann in 2023.

Magdalena Ball

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